With war in Afghanistan, here we all go once again

Editor:

Every evening after supper, Rosie the Beagle, our therapy dog, insists that we go out to the courtyard and watch her “George W.” show. There is a black dog across the street, “Saddam,” and Rosie peers through the fence, growls, barks, runs around warning us of the danger and constantly looks to us for approval.

“Saddam” never even notices her. But Rosie carries her tail high, struts around with an “I sure told him” attitude and is completely satisfied with her act. We all adore our cute little dog, so we applaud and ignore her message.

We are probably hopelessly entangled in Afghanistan, where our draft-dodging President plans to invade Iraq. Shades of Vietnam! We wrote letters to the editor; we wrote letters to our legislators; we wrote letters to our presidents; we marched; we held rallies. And, finally, after years of senseless killings and destruction, we came out of Vietnam with our tail between our legs and nothing to show for it except the loss of respect and admiration for our country of millions of people around the world.

Merciful God, do we have to go through that again?

Hazel Bickford

Los Lunas

No more charity runs for group

Editor:

On June 14-16, 2002, the New Mexico Motorcyclists Rights organization held the third annual Valencia County Swap Meet and Toy Run. This event was organized with help from the Christian Motorcyclists Associa-tion and the Valencia County Sheriff’s Department.

This event was organized by non-profit organizations and was held to raise funds for several charitable causes and non-profit organizations. The NMMRO would like to thank the Valencia County News-Bulletin for helping us to promote this event by providing advertising and information about the event at no charge to our organization. As a result of these advertisements, the majority of visitors to the swap meet were residents of Valencia County, and we thank everyone who attended. We would also like to thank Moe’s Pizzeria in Los Lunas for allowing our group to meet there while planning the event, and Don Donges of the Valencia County Sheriff’s Department for his help.

The highlight of the event was to be the Toy Run on June 16. Unfortunately, less than 20 motorcyclists participated in the Toy Run and the donations made to the Valencia County Toys for Tots program were disappointing. Due to this lack of support from the motorcycling community, this will be the last time the Swap Meet and Toy Run will be held.

The New Mexico Motor-cyclists Rights Organization encourages the residents of Valencia to continue to support the Valencia County Toys for Tots program in any way they can. Donations may be taken to Detective Floyd Montoya of the Valencia County Sheriff’s Department.

C.J. August

New Mexico Motorcyclists Rights Organization

Los Lunas

Family thanks community

Editor:

On behalf of the entire Carrillo family, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make the Ermilo “Milo” Carrillo benefit dinner a wonderful success.

We especially thank the following people for their generosity and their time, without which our dinner would not have been successful: Rutilio’s, Max Torres of Wal-Mart, Rudy Sanchez of Santa Fe Tortilla Co., Dorothy Griego and Anthony Baca at Solo Cup for the food desserts and serving accessories; Vicente Sisneros-Dennis Storey for the usage of the Knights of Column-bus Hall; Wayne Gallegos for the music; and Roy Gonzales of the Belen Police Department for security.

We would also like to express our deepest thanks to all who helped with serving, setting up and cleaning. And, finally, we want to thank you who, through your generosity, gave support to our family in our time of need. Thank you!

Ruben and Denise Carrillo

Belen

Do they deserve a raise?

Editor:

Enough is enough another pay raise for our peerless leaders. With the economy in a tailspin, our 535 Senators and Representatives have given themselves another pay raise. This is tantamount to having 535 Enron and Worldcom CEOs running the government. It would be nice to know that the tax-paying public could give themselves a raise. However, that being said, the total blame falls on the shoulders of the voting public whose apathy and extremely short memory allows them to vote the same people back into office.

Right now, I cannot think of any Representative or Senator deserving of anyone’s vote. If we were to vote against every incumbent, maybe there would be a change in the way our elected officials conducted business. Are these automatic raises designed to circumvent the 27th amendment to the Constitution? Can anyone tell me what these people do that is worth $155,000 plus perks? If you study the pictures of our elected officials, you may notice not one of them appears to have ever missed a meal, unlike the voters who put them in office.

James Taylor

Los Lunas

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